The Mask

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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

Hyperactive mayhem results when a mild-manned banker discovers an ancient mask that transforms him into a zany prankster with superhuman powers in this special-effects-intensive comedy. The wildly improvisational Jim Carrey plays Stanley Ipkiss, a decent-hearted but socially awkward guy who one night finds a strange mask. Carrey's trademark energy reveals itself after Stanley puts on the mask and the banker transforms into The Mask, a green-skinned, zoot-suited fireball. The rubber-faced Mask possesses the courage to do the wild, fun things that Stanley fears, including romancing Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz). In addition to Carrey's physical talents, the film makes effective use of digital visual effects that bestow the Mask with superhuman speed, insane flexibility, and popping eyes out of a Tex Avery cartoon. The larger narrative, involving the efforts of Tina's gangster boyfriend to destroy Stanley and use the mask's powers for evil, prove less interesting than the anarchic comic set pieces, including a particularly memorable dance number to Cuban Pete. The film delivered enough laughs to become a surprise hit and, along with the same year's Dumb and Dumber, establish Carrey's status as a comedy superstar.~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Jim Carrey
  • Peter Riegert
  • Peter Greene
  • Amy Yasbeck
  • Richard Jeni
  • Orestes Matacena
  • Tim Bagley
  • Nancy Fish
  • Johnny Williams
  • Reg E. Cathey

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • When Ipkiss puts the mask on in his apartment, and becomes a whirlwind, lightning strikes in the background reveal a back lit image of his skeleton. The viewer will need to play the movie in slow motions as the scene is only 1/10th of a second long.
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Goofs

  • At the beginning of the "Cuban Pete" performance, the tops of Stanley's black knee pads are visible in some shots.
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Quotes

    • Mask: Hold on, Sugar! Daddy's got a sweet tooth tonight!
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Metacritic

75

This gifted clown has found the right vehicle for his souped-up silliness. Carrey is the ultimate party dude, and like the masked man says, this party is smokin'.

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
75

The result is a movie character who seems half real, half animated.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
75

Carrey's jolly green mug carries Mask. [29 July 1994, p. D1]

Metacritic review by Susan Wloszczyna
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today